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Create A Social Message

There are two kinds of social messages that can be created with CoSchedule using the social message post creation box:


Create Standalone Social Messages

Working with standalone social messages are similar to those that are associated with blog posts. Because these messages are not associated with a blog post, each standalone social message has the option for draft and review status.

1. Click "+" on the day you want to schedule your social messages.

2. Select "Social Message."

The "New Social Message" box will open where you can create your content. 

 

3. Choose the social networks you wish to publish to.

Select one or more social networks from the drop-down menu. The networks you select will show in the box. You can remove an account by clicking on the thumbnail picture.

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4. Choose what type of message you will send.

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Text-type Message: A text post will contain only text. You can manually paste a link into your text post if you would like. No imagery will be grabbed and sent along with the link.

When creating a text-only post, the Google+ network always grabs an image any time a link is included. If you include a link in your text post, an image from the link source will appear in Google+.

Image Post: If you choose an image post for your social message, you will need to upload an image. Click CoSchedule_-_CoSchedule.png to upload an image.

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You can remove the image and upload a different image by clicking the "X" on the mini image preview. 

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Video Post: If you choose to schedule a Video message, you will need to upload a video. Click Brock_Test_Calendar_-_CoSchedule.png to upload a video.You can remove the video and upload a different video by clicking the "X" on the mini video preview.

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Link Post: Sharing a link using the link post method will provide a link preview on your social networks according to how they display them. Add a URL to the Permalink field.

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The Google+ network does not honor any custom graphics you might upload for any post with a link. If you include a link in your post, Google will allow you to select an image already on that page, but any custom graphic you might upload to replace the available images will not be published. Google+ will only take images that are found on the page you are sharing.

5. Preview your social message.

You can preview your created messages inside CoSchedule and see how they will look on each network. Simply choose which network you would like to preview from those listed. The only networks available to preview will be those that reflect the social accounts you have chosen.

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6. Choose when you want to publish your message.

You can select which date and time you would like your message to publish.

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You can select the status of your message: Publish, Draft, or Pending Review. You can also click on the Circle to choose a color label.

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7. Save your post.

After you have finished editing your social message, click Add Message to schedule it to your calendar.

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Social Messages Connected to Content

You can create and schedule messages for your social media accounts when you write your WordPress blog post. These messages will be associated with your blog post. You can create these messages through your calendar, or beneath the blog post itself in WordPress in the CoSchedule widget. These instructions are the same for either method.

1. Create the first message for the post.

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In the queue, social messages are now grouped based not the date they will be sent, adding clarity to your scheduling process. By default, the queue includes four key publishing times:

  • Same day as post – Let your audience know right when your blog post goes live.
  • Tomorrow – Build more traffic by sharing content the day after your post goes live.
  • Next Week – For blog content that is still relevant a week later.
  • Next Month – This option works particularly well for evergreen content that is always relevant.
  • Custom Date – Pick any date that you think is appropriate to post your content.

2. Create your messages.

Creating a social message with a blog post is very similar to creating standalone social messages described above, with just a few differences.

Image Post: If you choose to send your social message as an image post, CoSchedule will grab the images associated with the blog post. If you have more than one, you can arrow through and select the image you want. You can also upload a custom image if you would prefer. Please note that Google+ will not allow you to upload a custom image not already in the blog post.

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Link Post: CoSchedule automatically grabs the URL of your blog post and sends it with the message when it is published. You will not add a URL. We approximate the appearance of the URL in the preview of the message.

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If you do not wish to have an inline link in your social message, remove the {permalink} placeholder where you created your message.

3. Edit or delete if necessary.

If a message has not published yet, you may edit or delete it. On mouseover, you will see two icons appear in the corner. Click on the Pencil icon to edit, or the X to delete.

4. Manage your messages.

You can see any messages, both published and scheduled, associated with your blog posts at any time. They will be listed in the order they will be published.

Published messages will be grayed out and you will be uneditable. You cannot delete messages within CoSchedule that have already been sent.

Unpublished messages can be edited or deleted. Mouseover the message you wish to edit or delete. To edit, click the Pencil. If you would like to delete the message, click the "X."

You can also see, at a glance, what type of message it is by the icon in the left corner of the message.

  • If it is a text message, you will see
  • If it is a link message, you will see
  • If it is an image message, you will see
  • If it is a video message, you will see 

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